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    US DOT proposes new customer protections for air travellers


    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing strong new consumer protections for airline customers travelling with both domestic and foreign carriers on scheduled service from, to or within the USA.

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    EASA rules out mandate for frozen-contamination cockpit alerts


    Europe’s air transport safety regulator is ruling out a certification mandate to fit aircraft with systems capable of detecting and alerting pilots to frozen contaminants on critical aerodynamic surfaces. Such a requirement has been rejected by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency in a proposed revision to large aircraft certification ...

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    No injuries after Nok Air 737-800 slides off Thai runway


    One of Thai carrier Nok Air’s Boeing 737-800s has skidded off the runway while landing at Chiang Rai airport in the far north of the country. It appears to have suffered an excursion from the left side of runway 03. The twinjet, operating flight DD108, was transporting 164 passengers and ...

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    US authorities probe crew member’s fatal fall from stricken C212


    US authorities are probing a bizarre fatal accident in which a CASA C212 crew member either jumped or fell from the aircraft, before it was involved in a runway excursion upon landing at Raleigh-Durham airport with a landing-gear malfunction. The twin-engined cargo aircraft touched down on runway 23L at around ...

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    Referencing lag still hampering Heathrow personnel ramp-up


    IAG chief Luis Gallego hopes the operational situation at London Heathrow will improve by the end of the year, but stresses that multiple parties need to co-operate to increase resilience at the hub. Speaking during IAG’s second-quarter briefing, Gallego said that punctuality figures show there are still days where “we ...

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    Carriers warned over uncontrolled re-entry of large Chinese launch vehicle


    Europe’s air transport safety regulator has warned that the uncontrolled re-entry of a large Chinese space launch vehicle could potentially affect southern European airspace. The Long March CZ-5B is a heavy-lift vehicle being used to carry modules for a Chinese space station, with the most recent launch conducted on 24 ...

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    Crew rosters should account for airport operational problems: EASA


    Safety regulators are advising airlines to pay close attention to the impact of airport operational disruption when planning monthly crew rosters, to take into account potential delays and consequent impact on flight-duty time. Exercising of captain’s discretion should be considered “exceptional”, says the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, because delays ...

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    FAA proposes secondary barrier for commercial aircraft flight decks


    The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a rule that would require a second physical barrier on commercial aircraft cockpits.

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    How NTSB accident investigator Zoe Keliher shattered gender bias


    US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) aviation accident investigator Zoe Keliher traces her aviation career to the day her father gifted her a flight lesson for her 15th birthday.

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    How airline safety ranked in first half of 2022


    The first six months of 2022 involved more fatal airline accidents and resulting fatalities worldwide than during the same period in each of the two previous years, but amid increased flight activity.

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    DA40 stalled after take-off as fluid container jammed control stick


    UK investigators believe a Diamond Aircraft DA40, piloted by a flight instructor, failed to recover from a stall after take-off because a container of de-icing fluid stored in a cockpit footwell jammed the control stick. The aircraft had been loaded with five de-icing fluid containers ahead of a flight from ...

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    Rudder-induced roll and ground strike on take-off 'permanently' bent A321’s wing


    US investigators have concluded that excessive rudder-pedal input during an Airbus A321’s take-off run from New York JFK caused a sharp roll upon rotation and resulted in the left wing-tip striking the ground. Such was the impact that the American Airlines aircraft had a permanent upward bend midway along the ...

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    Red MD-82 suffered left-hand gear collapse before excursion


    US investigators have confirmed that the left-hand main landing-gear of a Red Air Boeing MD-82 collapsed just after touchdown at Miami, before the aircraft suffered a runway excursion. It had been arriving from Santo Domingo on 21 June, and the ILS approach to runway 09 had been normal, the crew ...

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    Qatar Airways considers own Heathrow handler in response to disruption


    Qatar Airways has been spurred by the operational disruption at London Heathrow to revisit a previous plan to establish its own ground-handling service at the UK hub. Heathrow’s operator has imposed a two-month capacity cap to limit daily departing passenger numbers to 100,000 over the summer peak. Speaking during the ...

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    E195-E2 demonstrates steep-approach capability with London City debut


    Embraer’s re-engined E195-E2 twinjet has become the largest aircraft to touch down at London City airport, ahead of steep-approach certification towards the end of this year. The E195-E2 (PR-ZIQ) carried out the landing on runway 09 shortly before 11:00 on 22 July, having arrived from Farnborough where it had been ...

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    A350 freighter design should free cargo operators from ‘tail-tip’ worries


    Among the design considerations for the Airbus A350 freighter is virtual elimination of the risk of ‘tail-tipping’ while the aircraft is parked. Tail-tipping is typically the consequence of a loading or unloading error on aircraft, either passenger or freighter, which creates sufficient aft shift in the centre-of-gravity to cause the ...

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    American Airlines slams 'frustrating' London Heathrow passenger caps


    American Airlines has slammed passenger-number restrictions implemented by London Heathrow airport in response to staff shortages, as the airline scrambles to accommodate customers.

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    Seven US unions urge senators not to raise pilot retirement age


    A group of US unions has come out against raising the pilot retirement age from 65 currently – an idea that has been circulating in order to help alleviate the current pilot shortage.

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    Nigeria’s Dana Air grounded over financial and safety concerns


    Nigeria’s civil aviation regulator has suspended the operations of Dana Air with immediate effect, citing safety concerns and its financial position. Dana operates a mixed fleet of Boeing MD-83s and 737s. But the Nigerian civil aviation authority states that it is suspending the carrier’s air transport licnce and air operator’s ...

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    ATSB probes Qantas 737 low fuel ‘mayday’


    The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has opened investigations into a low fuel event involving a Qantas Boeing 737-800 operating a domestic flight from Brisbane to Perth.